Fantasy Football Premier League Team of the Year
FootyOn pick out an alternative Fantasy Football Premier League Team of the Year, in light of the Professional Footballers’ Association’s (PFA) announcement.
Based on stats from the popular fantasy.premierleague.com site, we’ve picked out the best starting XI – with 12 subs to make up a squad of 23.
The PFA’s team consisted of: David de Gea; Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Danny Rose; Eden Hazard, Dele Alli, N’Golo Kane, Sadio Mane; Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku.
But how many would’ve made it into a line-up based on season consistency and stats?
Our XI adds up to £92.1m at the time of writing (April 21), but that would leave you just £7.9m to make up three substitutes – which is impossible.
Read on to find out our Fantasy Football Premier League Team of the Year.
Original PFA TOTY players have been branded next to their name, and their fantasy football points in brackets.
Goalkeeper: Tom Heaton (136)
According to fantasy.premierleague.com, Heaton is a huge 17 points ahead of next best keeper Thibaut Courtois.
And, 23 above PFA TOTY pick De Gea, who sits in fourth place.
De Gea and former Red Devils youth player Heaton have played the same amount of matches (30), with the Spaniard keeping three more clean sheets, but the Englishman’s points largely came from saves made.
Right back: Kyle Walker (134) – PFA TOTY
Tottenham right back Walker actually did feature in the PFA TOTY, and is the third-highest scoring defender in total with fantasy.premierleague.com.
He narrowly pipped injured Seamus Coleman and Antonio Valencia to get his place in our team.
Centre back: Gary Cahill (139) – PFA TOTY
Cahill is another PFA pick, and is just four points above Walker in second-place for defenders.
After a couple calamitous performances early in the season, Cahill has really picked himself up to help Chelsea to the top of the table.
He has started all 33 of the Blues’ matches to date, and been captain for most of them.
Centre back: Cesar Azpilicueta (132)
Usual full back Azpilicueta has further shown his versatility this term, playing centre half for most of it in Antonio Conte’s three-man defence.
The Spaniard is actually the fifth-highest scoring defender in fantasy.premierleague.com stats, being a point behind Coleman, but gets in on positional reasons.
His Chelsea teammate Luiz made the PFA team instead, but was way down the list in 13th on 107 points.
Left back: Marcos Alonso (143)
Although not really a left back this season, more of a left wing back or even winger, Alonso makes up the final defensive position.
The former Fiorentina and Bolton Wanderers player has more than paid back his surprising transfer fee, as he is the highest scoring defender to date.
That is largely due to him scoring five times and putting in great displays.
It may be a surprise that Rose was picked ahead of him by the PFA, then, as the Englishman is in 21st place on just 84 points after missing the last nine matches due to a knee injury.
Right wing: Alexis Sanchez (210)
Another surprise omission is Sanchez, who actually has the most points of any player in any position according to fantasy.premierleague.com.
His attitude may have let him down, but his figures of 19 goals and 10 assists this PL season can’t be argued with.
Liverpool’s Mane was certainly a solid pick, but doesn’t come close to the Chilean’s stats.
Centre midfield: Dele Alli (194) – PFA TOTY
Shock PFA Player of the Year absentee Alli at least made their TOTY, and gets into ours too.
Now aged just 21, his 16 goals and seven assists this season in the PL put him just ahead of Hazard in fantasy.premierleague.com’s stats.
Centre midfield: Christian Eriksen (182)
Tottenham teammate was unlucky to miss out on the PFA team too, but it’s understandable being at the expense of Kante, whose 75 points don’t give him any justice.
Eriksen is the fourth-highest midfielder, but is firmly above the likes of Roberto Firmino, Mane and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Left wing: Eden Hazard (193) – PFA TOTY
Hazard has been back to his best this season, after a poor showing under Jose Mourinho last term.
The Belgian is level with his previous two best PL goal count of 14, and with six matches left to play.
On top of that, he has five assists, and is a 9/2 shout with Paddy Power to be named PFA Player of the Year.
Striker: Diego Costa (167)
Costa is the fifth and final Chelsea player to feature in our Fantasy Football Premier League Team of the Year, one more than the PFA had in theirs.
Despite scoring three fewer goals than Kane in the PL, and in six more matches, he just edges the England star out by two points.
The lack of game-time clearly affected Kane’s place in our XI, so Costa’s longevity and fitness paid off.
Striker: Romelu Lukaku (205) – PFA TOTY
Wantaway Everton frontman Lukaku firmly tops the striking points, and is second overall behind Sanchez.
He also tops the PL scoring charts with 24, to go with six assists.
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (119), Hugo Lloris (118)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (133), Gareth McAuley (123), Leighton Baines (116), Ashley Williams (113)
Midfielders: Roberto Firmino (166), Sadio Mane (156), Gylfi Sigurdsson (154), Kevin De Bruyne (153)
Forwards: Harry Kane (165), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (163)